Look up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Libraries ACT!

Released 01/06/2018

It may be cold outside, but unleash your superpowers and blast the winter weather away to celebrate 80 years of Superman with Libraries ACT.

Libraries ACT has launched its new program, with June full of workshops and events that will transform the Clark Kent in us all. Senior Manager of Content and Engagement at Libraries ACT, Sarah Steed, said that they recognise the importance of ensuring their programs are topical, relevant and engaging for a variety of ages.

“Much like Superman, libraries are enduring the test of time, continuously evolving to ensure that generations past, present and future find value in them,” said Ms Steed.

“We want to provide engaging content that will encourage the community to take part. This June, the 80th anniversary of Superman’s first appearance in Action Comics headlines a bumper month. On
16 June 2018 at Belconnen Library there will be an author talk by Jeremy Scott, author of Long road from a broken heart, which recaps his 51,916 kilometre bike ride from London to New Zealand, made possible by open heart surgery that saved his life as a child. Mr Scott will make you question what it is that makes someone a superhero.

“In an event families won’t want to miss, on 25 June 2018 we’ll be celebrating the 80th anniversary of Superman’s first appearance in Action Comics at a supercharged, action packed family event. Come dressed up as your favourite superhero and join in the fun!”

Ms Steed emphasised the variety of programs on offer during June, including waste, recycling and science opportunities.

“Libraries play a significant role in our communities in educating, engaging and providing a connection for people of all ages. Throughout June there really is something for everyone. If science is your forte, Canberra Theatre Centre presents George’s Marvellous Medicine which celebrates science-themed stories from the 5-7 June at various branches. We’ll also be celebrating World Environment Day on 2 June at Belconnen Library with the workshop ‘Reuse, remake, recycle’, educating our community on minimising plastic pollution.”

The end of the month also brings the start of school holidays and Libraries ACT is encouraging families to get in and book their spot early.

“We’ve got a number of family friendly activities including Little Engineers for children aged 5-8 to learn about and build a catapult as well as our always popular LEGO® workshop. Bookings for school holiday programs open 16 June. All other workshops and events are now available for booking.

“We would also like to remind everyone that all Libraries ACT branches and the ACT Heritage Library will be closed for the Queen’s Birthday public holiday on Monday 11 June 2018. Online services will be available, including downloading eBooks, eAudio, digital magazines and music, and searching, requesting and renewing items online. Items can be returned using the return chutes located at each branch,” Ms Steed concluded.

All Libraries ACT programs and events are free, however bookings are essential as places are limited. For more information on the variety of programs and events and to book, visit www.library.act.gov.au or call 6205 9000.

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